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April 16, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Bungie’s Halo 2 post-mortem: 26,950 years played, 37B kills

Marking the end of “Halo 2” online play after Xbox Live pulled the plug this week, the Bungie team shared bittersweet, hilarious and sometimes raunchy stories behind the hit Xbox game on a special memorial page today.

In addition to glimpses of life inside the secretive Kirkland game studio, the page has anecdotes from the intense rush to finish the game, art proposals that weren’t included and a spectacular batch of game storyboards. Here’s a bit from a screen grab:

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Most amazing, though, may be the final tally of “Halo 2” online activity over the last five years. A sample:

Unique Players (not including guests): 6,603,900

Kills: 36,784,837,266 (Or something like 5.5 times the current population of the earth)

Assists: 10,422,552,715

Seconds in Matchmatchmade games: 1,798,459,752,186

Minutes in Matchmatchmade games: 29,974,329,203

Hours in Matchmatchmade games: 499,572,153

Days in Matchmatchmade games: 20,815,506

Years in Matchmatchmade games: 56,991 (So since around 54,981 BC, about the time Europe was thought to have started being inhabited by Neanderthals)

Seconds playing campaign on live: 850,462,468,852

Minutes playing campaign on live: 14,174,374,480

Hours playing campaign on live: 236,239,574

Days playing campaign on live: 9,843,315

Years playing campaign on live: 26,950 (Or about 1.7 billion dollars at a minimum wage of 7.25)

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